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Navy and Marine Corps Medical News 


October 20, 2000 

Navy and Marine Corps Medical News (MEDNEWS) is a weekly 
compendium of news and information contributed by commands 
throughout the Navy medical department . Information contained in 
MEDNEWS stories is not necessarily endorsed by Navy Bureau of 
Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) , nor should it be considered 
official Navy policy. 

BUMED distributes MEDNEWS to Sailors and Marines, their 
families, civilian employees and retired Navy and Marine Corps 
families. Further distribution is highly encouraged. 

Stories in MEDNEWS use these abbreviations after a Navy 
medical professional 's name to show affiliation: MC — Medical 
Corps (physician) ; DC - Dental Corps; NC - Nurse Corps; MSC - 
Medical Service Corps (clinicians , researchers and 
administrative managers) . Hospital Corpsmen (HM) and Dental 
Technician (DT) designators are placed in front of their names. 


Contents for this week's MEDNEWS: 

— Naval Hospital's staff a "force" to be reckoned with 

— WIC health program expands overseas next year 

— NH Portsmouth offers encouragement to breastfeeding Mom's 

— NH Cherry Point Sailor recognized by Craven County 

— Video prompts excitement of strategic plan 

— TRICARE question and answer 

— Healthwatch: Safety tips for trick— or— treaters 



Headline : Naval hospital ' s staff a "force" to be reckoned with 
By Judith Robertson, Naval Hospital Bremerton 

BREMERTON, Wa . - Naval Hospital Bremerton' s "Total Force" will 
be recognized for excellence at a change of command ceremony 
that will see outgoing Commanding Officer Capt . Gregg Parker, 
MC, turn over leadership to Capt. Christine Hunter, MC, Oct. 20. 

During the ceremony, which will feature the Navy Surgeon General, 
Vice Admiral Richard A. Nelson, MC, as guest speaker, the 
hospital will be presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation. 
This award recognizes the successes of the officers, enlisted 
personnel, reservists, and civilian employees for the period 
from Dec. 1, 1996 through Dec. 30, 1999. 

"This award recognizes the accomplishment of the whole 
crew. Each member of the staff contributed to this achievement 
with hard work and dedication, " said hospital Executive Officer 

Capt. Dan Snyder. 

The Meritorious Unit Commendation is the first award to be 
presented to the hospital since WWII. 

In part, the citation commends Naval Hospital Bremerton for 
consistently demonstrating "unparalleled success in providing 
timely, respectful, and compassionate care to the Navy Sailors 
and their families in Navy Region Northwest . While doing so, the 
command also excelled in meeting its readiness mission. The 
obvious desire to excel in meeting the needs of the Fleet, Fleet 
Marine Force and their families was reflected in the actions of 
the Total Force assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton and Fleet 
Hospital Five. " 


Headline: WIC health program expands overseas next year 
By Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON - A government-sponsored supplemental food and 
health education program available to stateside military 
families will soon become available to families overseas as 
well . 

The Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants 
and Children, commonly known as WIC, will begin overseas in 
early 2001, said Roger W. Hartman, a TRICARE health policy 
analyst . 

"We have folks in the military stateside who are using WIC, 
but then get orders for overseas duty and lose the benefit . 
That 's like taking a cut in pay, " he said. 

"Congress directed us to make WIC as available to personnel 
overseas as it is to those in the United States, " he said. 
"We're talking fundamentally about pay and money and making 
supplemental foods available to people where they are not 
available now — and improving the overall health, diet and 
nutrition of the family members in the process . " 

The Child Nutrition Act of 1966 authorized WIC. Benefits 
have been available to military families stationed in the United 
States and its territories since about 1972, Hartman said. A 
recent amendment to U.S. Code Title 10 allows DoD to extend the 
program overseas. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the WIC 
program in the United States. The program focuses on low— income, 
pregnant women, new mothers, infants and toddlers, he said. 
Participants receive vouchers at no charge that can be redeemed 
for specific food products prescribed by health care 
professionals . The program also offers nutritional education and 
health counseling services . 

"WIC participants overseas will need to have access to 
military medical facilities to obtain nutritional screenings and 
eligibility determinations. They will also need access to a food 
supply, which overseas will be our military commissaries and 
Navy exchange markets, " Hartman said. While stateside WIC 
beneficiaries can use food vouchers in any store that will 
accept them, DoD has no plans to arrange for voucher use in 
foreign grocery stores, he added. 

TRICARE, medical and Defense Commissary Agency officials 

will co-manage the overseas WIC program, Hartman said. TRICARE 
is only a co-manager — the WIC overseas program is not a new 
TRICARE benefit, he stressed. 

Program benefits will be available to U.S. service members, 
DoD civilian employees, DoD contractors, and their family 
members . 

Pentagon officials estimate up to 40, 000 persons overseas 
may be eligible to use WIC. Hartman said the program will be 
implemented in phases: 

Phase 1 : WIC begins early next year at Yokosuka, Japan 
(Navy) ; Okinawa, Japan (Marine Corps and Air Force) ; Guantanamo 
Bay, Cuba (Navy) ; RAF Lakenheath, England (Air Force) ; and 
Baumholder, Germany (Army) . 

Phase 2: WIC should be in place by mid-2001 at all 
remaining overseas sites served by military medical treatment 
facilities and commissaries and Navy exchange markets . WIC will 
be offered at remote overseas locations contingent on suitable 
medical facilities and commissaries and Navy exchange markets. 

For details on the WIC program, eligibility rules, income 
tables and more, visit the Department of Agriculture at 
www. fns . usda . gov/wic . 


Headline: NH Pensacola offers encouragement to breastfeeding 
Mom ' s 

From Naval Hospital Pensacola 

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Whether they're civilians, military or 
other members of the Department of Defense family, breastfeeding 
mothers provide sources of nutrition, nourishment and protection 
for their babies. 

In a positive and encouraging step to assist breastfeeding 
mother's. Naval Hospital Pensacola has established a Lactation 
Lounge for mothers working or visiting the medical facility . 

The lounge is private, yet has a comfortable, home-like 
atmosphere complete with rocking chair. It is also available for 
mothers to pump or express milk for when baby and mom aren't 
together . 

According to Frankie Mims, the hospital 's lactation 
consultant, breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for 
babies, and it is known to be the first line of immunization to 
protect against a host of childhood diseases such as ear 
infections. Diabetes Type 1, allergies, meningitis and lymphoma. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding 
for the first year of life. 

Research has also proven that breastfeeding improves the 
health of the mother by reducing the risk of serious medical 
conditions such as osteoporosis, ovarian and premenopausal 
breast cancer . 

Historically, the International Labor Organization helped 
set the standards for mothers ' rights in the workplace by 
providing nursing breaks throughout the workday. 

This year, U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced 
legislation on the Breastfeeding Promotion and Employers ' Tax 
Incentive Act (HR 3372), which provides tax— free credit for 

employers who set up lactation rooms and/or provides equipment 
for workers. Recent legislation also allows for breastfeeding on 
all federal properties. 

"Employers benefit by creating breastfeeding facilities 
because healthier infants mean fewer parental absences and lower 
health care costs, " said Mims . 


Headline: NH Cherry Point Sailor recognized by Craven County 
By Sgt . Michael Freeman, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point 

CHERRY POINT, NC - A Naval Hospital Cherry Point Sailor was 
recently presented with the Distinguished Women of Craven County 
Award in a ceremony sponsored by the Craven County Council on 
Women . 

HM3 Gladys D. Jenne was presented the award during a 
luncheon honoring women who serve the community in one of six 
different award categories: Arts, Business/Professional, 
Education, Government, Physical Fitness/Recreation, and 
Vol unteeri sm . 

Jenne said she feels she won the award based largely on her 
extensive volunteer work. Jenne burns the proverbial candle at 
both ends by getting involved with numerous charitable programs, 
including Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Big 
Brothers/Big Sisters of Havelock, the New Bern Cystic Fibrosis 
Telethon, Toys for Tots and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. 

She said a supportive workplace and a supportive husband 
have made balancing her volunteer work with job— related 
responsibilities possible . 

"A lot of people say they don 't have time for things like 
that, " said the mother-of—two. "But if they really want to do 
it, they'll make time." 

Jenne, who was also named as the hospital 's Junior Sailor 
of the Quarter earlier this year, said much of her volunteer 
work is accomplished by sacrificing just a few minutes of her 
lunch break or time after work. 

Her husband, Richard, is the hospital 's current Blue Jacket 
of the Year and donates his time and energy to all the same 
causes, right down to serving as the vice president of the local 
chapter of the Junior Enlisted Association, a Navy-wide 
organization for enlisted service members E-5 and below. His 
wife, of course, is the president . 

"Volunteer work is something we decided to do together. I 
strongly encourage other service members, especially junior 
enlisted to do the same, " said Jenne. 

"It can make a big difference in fitness reports and 
advancement when you 're out there helping the community, " said 

Not surprisingly, the Distinguished Women of Craven County 
Award is not the last opportunity for Jenne to be recognized 
individually or as part of a team. She is a nominee for the 
Junior Sailor of the Year, and she and her husband have been 
nominated as the military family of the quarter. 

Awards and recognition aside, Jenne said there is really 
just one way to explain her involvement in so many different 

programs. "It 's just my way of trying to help. " 


Headline : Video prompts excitement of strategic plan 
By Ltjg. Alex G. Montgomery, Naval Hospital Beaufort 

BEAUFORT, SC — Command strategic plan presentations rarely 
garner applause and laughter. But, then again, most 
presentations don't look like the one unveiled recently at Naval 
Hospital Beaufort . 

During a briefing in the hospital 's auditorium, the 
Executive Steering Board (ESB) presented a 15-minute video 
production of the hospital's strategic plan. The film featured 
staff and patients reciting the command's mission, vision, 
guiding principles, goals and objectives . 

Naval Hospital Bremerton's Commanding Officer, Capt . Gary 
W. Zuckerman, MSC, called the presentation "absolutely top 
notch" and said it was "designed to capture the attention of the 
audience. " 

The video, along with a tri-fold brochure and a number of 
other initiatives, were part of the ESB' s effort to clearly 
communicate what a strategic plan is, and how it directly 
relates to all hands. The video will also be incorporated into 
the hospital ' s monthly command orientation program. 

"What makes the video so impressive, and effective, " said 
Lt . Cmdr. Dale Fuller, MSC, "It's not only the high quality of 
the production, but also the entertainment aspect of it." 

"This video is about our staff and patients teaching the 
rest of us the strategic plan. A lot of hard work goes into the 
development of the plan and this time a boring PowerPoint 
presentation wouldn't do." 

The video, which is laced with short music cuts from 
popular artists, includes high quality graphics and well- 
choreographed video sequences — some with a humorous touch. 

The result was an audience that remained attentive and 
interested throughout the film. 

Fuller, who serves as the command's Chief Information 
Officer and Director for Administration, said the idea of a 
strategic plan video has finally become a reality. 

"It's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years 
now, " he said. 

If you would like a copy of this video for use in your own 
strategic or annual plan presentation, please contact NHB Public 
Affairs Officer, Ltjg Alex Montgomery, at 843-228-5433, DSN 335- 
5433, or via email at 


Headline: TRICARE question and answer 

Question: What medications are available through the 
National Mail Order Pharmacy? 

Answer: The NMOP is for prescriptions that you take on a 
regular basis, such as medication to reduce blood pressure or 
treat asthma, diabetes, or any long-term health condition. It is 
not intended to be used for acute medications like antibiotics . 


Headline: Healthwatch: Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters 
From Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

WASHINGTON - As Halloween approaches, parents and 
caregivers should be aware that just like trick-or-treaters, 
Halloween's hazards to children also come in disguise. 

Here are several tips to make trick— or— treating a fun 
experience : 

— Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has 
examined them carefully for evidence of tampering. 

— When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look 
for the label 'flame resistant ' . Although this label does not 
mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items 
will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. 

— To minimize the risk of contact with candles and other 
fire sources, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and 
outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. - Purchase 
or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to 
motorists . 

- For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate 
or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam 
of a car's headlights . Bags or sacks should also be light 
colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is 
usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods 
stores . 

- Children should carry flashlights to see and easily be 

seen . 

- Costumes should be short enough so that children won 't 
trip and fall. Children should wear well- fitting, sturdy shoes. 
Mother's high heels are not a good idea for safe walking. 

- Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from 
slipping over children's eyes. If your child wears a mask, make 
sure it fits securely and has eye holes large enough to allow 
full vision . 

— Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be 
made of soft, flexible material. 

Following these safety tips can help ensure a happy and 
safe Halloween. 


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